Monday, September 26, 2011

Double challenge -Waltzingmouse meets AMuse

Hi everyone!  I have another double challenge card to share today.  This card followed this week's Waltzingmouse sketch challenge (it was a circle, can't pass that right?) and the new AMuse challenge blog challenge which was to create your own embellishment.
The stamp set is WMS Say it Loud and to make the embellishment, I used Shell Satin ribbon and twisted and wound them around a Gluber glue dot. I then took a bit of Fern satin for the leaves and glued a 20mm open rose on top. The ribbons, cardstock and pattern paper are from AMuse.  I am new to AMuse, the cardstock and pattern papers are different than I am used to, it is white on the reverse side.  That is kinda cool, when you use it for card bases, you won't have to line the inside with white cardstock!  Also, it is a bit thinner, so when you emboss it you will need to use a shim.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
Card Deets:
Stamps - Say It Loud (Waltzingmouse)
Ink - Currant and Onyx (AMuse)
Paper - white and currant cardstock, bubblegum gingham PP (all AMuse)
Accessories - Spellbinders Classic Scalloped and Standard circles nestabilities, Shell and Fern satin ribbon (AMuse), burlap string, 3mm olive rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), 20mm 2-toned open rose (Wild Orchid Crafts) 


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shades of yellow accordion flowers

Hi everyone!  I have a double challenge card to share today.  I combined the sketch from this week's Fall to Layout with CAS-ual Fridays "Mostly Monochromatic" challenge (to use 3 shades of the same color + brown).  I should note that my flowers were a bit too big to put my sentiment at the bottom, so I adjusted the sketch a bit.

I made these accordion flowers by die cutting with the Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles. I scored at each point, made a slit 1/2 way to the center and folded along the lines like an accordion. It takes 2 circles to make 1 flower.  The pattern paper is the fabulous Alla Prima by Prima. LOVE this paper pad (I used it on my Lace inspiration card from yesterday)!! The flower centers are 2-toned open roses glued to little brown circles.
 Here is a picture showing the process for the accordion flowers.
 Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for another double challenge card -I am on a roll!!!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Family Garden (JustRite Stampers)
Paper - Pure Luxury white, ivory and chocolate brown (Gina K Designs), Alla Prima 6x6
Accessories - Spellbinders S4-345 Picot Edge Circles and S4-114 Standard Circles LG, burlap string, yellow rhinestone, satin ribbon, 15mm 2-toned open roses (Wild Orchid Crafts)


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ribbon Inspiration Stamp Simply Style -Lace

Hi everyone!  Welcome to this week's Ribbon Inspiration Stamp Simply Style. This week we are showcasing LACE RIBBON.  Oh... lace is so pretty and delicate.  I don't use it often enough!  So be prepared for some wonderful LACE inspiration today!
My card uses the brown 5/8" lace ribbon threaded with some white 1/8" silk ribbon.  The fabulous papers are from the Prima Alla Prima pad -seriously L.O.V.E. this paper!!  I also used some Prima flowers from the Alla Prima collection.  Matchy-matchy makes me happy!  My frame is made from a Spellbinders Square Nestabilities and the flourish and sentiment are from the JustRite set, Family Garden.  

See the border I used on the turquoise paper?  It actually is the negative side of the original border I made (using the Classic Scallop Edgeabilities, shown in the picture under my card).  I thought the scale of the scallops were a bit big next to my square frame, but I love how it worked out to use the negative part of the die cut instead.
 Each week we will have fabulous Blog Candy (this week's is pictured below) made up of the ribbons that we feature.  The winner will be drawn from comments on one of today’s participating blogs, so leaving a comment on each blog to increases your chance to win.  Only one comment per blog, please.  The winner will be selected at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 27th and posted on Sharon's blog on Wednesday. 
 Here is the list of today's participants:
Tammy Hershberger- Our fabulous guest designer this week!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  I'll leave you with a close up picture.
Card Deets:
Stamps - Family Garden (JustRite Stampers)
Paper - brown, white, kraft and chocolate brown cardstock, Alla Prima 6x6 pad (Prima)
Accessories - 5/8" brown lace and 1/8" white silk ribbon, Alla Prima Avon Rose and Flower Market flowers (Prima), rhinestones in Aqua (Kaisercraft), Spellbinders Classic and Classic Scalloped Squares Nestabilities and Classic Scallop Edgeabilities


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Come home and some WINNERS

Hi everyone!  I a fun card to share and a winner from my blog candy post!  First up is another card I made using the newly released Home Is stamp set from Gina K.  That little house makes me happy.  The fun pattern paper is from JilliBean Soup (this company is one of my new favorites!), Dutch Mustard 6x6 pad.  I made this to coordinate with a froggie card I made a last month.  The scallops were made using the Classic Scallop Edgeabilities die templates and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

 And now to the winners!  A big thanks to everyone who left a comment, I always read every comment and they are all appreciated. helped me chose these numbers:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
6	35	
Timestamp: 2011-09-21 14:22:11 UTC

Winner for Lot A is 6 -
kathy s said...
wow I would be happy and grateful to win anything -thanks for the chance
Winner for Lot B is 35 -

Anonymous said...
Love it! If I am a winner, surprise me - I love surprises and blog candy! I subscribe to your blog. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Chris R. from Iowa
Congrats Kathy and Chris!  Please send me an email (info on my sidebar) and I will send your goodies out ASAP!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Card Deets:
Stamps - Home Is
Paper - White cardstock, Dutch Mustard Soup 6x6 pad (JilliBean Soup)
Accessories - E8-001 Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Edgeabilities, Green grosgrain ribbon, mulberry flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), 2mm and 3mm orange rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), copic markers, corner rounder


Sunday, September 18, 2011

PARIS page and some blog candy!

Hi everyone!  I have a scrapbook page to share today and some blog candy!

I mentioned when I started with the Spellbinders team that part of my duties is to make a scrapbook page every month.  I won't lie, these are tough for me.  I love the smaller "work canvas" of an A2 sized card.  Filling up a 12x12 page is a challenge for me!  But, as the months go on, it gets a bit easier.  Here is a layout I did a couple month ago.  It is now shown in the Spellbinders Idea Gallery website, so I can share it here with you.  

This picture was taken 9 years ago when Bill and I went on our "pre-honeymoon" (due to our work schedules we went on our honeymoon before we got married).  I am pretty matchy-matchy with the papers I use and the colors in the photo when I do a page.  I just can't help it!  So, I used the Antiquities 12x12 pad from GCD Studios which had a perfect mixture of burgundy and mauve colors!  The flower embellishments were created from the Grand Peony Creations die templates.  I also used the Classic Bracket Edgeabilities edger die and the decorative insert from the Classic Triple Scallop Edgeabilities to create my edges.  It's hard to capture in pictures, but there is a lot of glitz on this page.  Not only are the papers are glittered, but I used stickles on each of the flower blossoms I created as well.

Now, on to the blog candy.  OK, so when my BFF Teresa and I went to Winter CHA (last January), we collected some goodies from the various booths (this post shows some pictures from that trip).  I had it in mind to offer these as blog candy, and I am embarrassed that they sat at the bottom of a box for 9 months!  pfft.  Anyway, I have a sampling of little chachies from various booths. 
There are (Lot A):
A set of gift cards from ???
3 single stamps from Unity Stamp Co
Sample of glitter cardstock from Paper Accents
Instant Journaling vellum sheet from Quick Quotes (I found some others that are not in the picture)
A couple pin/broaches from Paper Crafts (on my blog post linked, you can see a picture of Susan Opel wearing one of these pins!)
Ribbon broach from Making Memories
Fabric flower broach from Hero Arts
I will also add some KaiserCraft and Cosmo Cricket pattern papers from my stash to this lot!

I also have up for grabs a couple stamp sets from Inkadinkado (Lot B).  There is a Halloween set, new and unused and a Christmas set (1 stamp used).
I thought I would offer these to 2 commenters.  I realize Lot A may not appeal to everyone, so leave me a comment letting me know which Lot you would appeal to you, Lot A, B or both.  I will chose 2 commenters on Tuesday evening and post on Wednesday.  I have one request, if you do not follow my blog and you leave a comment, PLEASE check back to see if you are a winner.  The last several times I had blog candy, the winners never came back to claim their prize.
EDITED: you don't have to be a follower to enter, just please check back to see if you have won if you're not a regular visitor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Spellbinders Supplies for PARIS page:

Cross Promotional Partner Products:

  • GCD Studios, Antiquities by Donna Salazar Queen Bees, Let's Ride, and Harmony Patterned Paper
  • Bazzill Basics Paper, Prismatics Hillary, White, Black Cardstock
  • Cosmic Shimmer, Cosmic Twinkles Glitter Glue
  • KaiserCraft, Sweet Pea, Lippy Red Rhinestones


Friday, September 16, 2011

Gina K September release inspiration blog hop: Day 3

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the last day of the Gina K Designs September Release Inspiration Blog hop!  Today we are spotlighting the sets, My True Love Gave to Me illustrated by and Cool Beans, which is the Free with 3 set. 

First up is a card using the latte/mocha/coffee cup image from Cool Beans.  I love all things coffee related.  This set has a couple REALLY cute images with sentiments to match.  I went bright and fun colors with this card.  I used some old Cosmo Cricket papers, my favorite Spellbinders Circles Nestabilities die templates, and of course added my touches of bling.
Next, is my card using My True Love Gave to Me.  This one didn't turn out quite as I imagined.  The sentiment panel ended up being a touch to long (I wanted the ends to perfectly line up with the green pattern paper piece), but that's how stamping goes sometimes.  I underestimated the length of the sentiment all stamped out side by side.  The images in this set are just darling and I LOVE how I can make Christmas cards using Christmas images that are not commonly found.  This image was super easy, I barely did any coloring and added a touch of Crystal Effects on the heart.
 For even more samples of these new sets, you can visit each of the GKD Design Team blogs listed below.  Make sure you leave a comment here and on each of their blogs because Gina is going to draw two randomly chosen winners from all of the blog comments, and each will get a stamp set of their choice valued at up to $24.95!  Gina will announce the winners on her blog tomorrow.
Card Deets:
Stamps -  Cool Beans
Cardstock -Pure Luxury Ivory, Chocolate Brown and Turquoise Sea cardstock
Pattern Paper - Cosmo Cricket
Accessories - Spellbinders Standard and Scalloped Circles Nestabilities, red rhinestones, burlap string, Dotted Swiss EF, Prima flower, red button, copic markers

Stamps - My True Love Gave to Me (GKD)
Cardstock - Pure Luxury Ivory and Cranberry Tart
Pattern Paper - Lost & Found Christmas 6x6 pad (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories - Spellbinders Labels Twenty Nestabilities, baker's twine, rhinestones
, Crystal Effects, branch punch, mulberry poinsettia  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gina K September release inspiration blog hop: Day 2

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 2 of the Gina K Designs September Release Inspiration Blog hop!  Today we are spotlighting the sets, Home Is illustrated by Tami Mayberry and Celebrate the Season illustrated by Theresa Momber. 

First up is a card using the tree image from Home Is.  Aren't these tree leaves the cutest??  They can also be clouds - how clever that Tami is!!  I just stamped them in light blue ink.  The fun paper is from JilliBean Soup, the Dutch Mustard pad.
Next, is my card using Celebrate the Season.  SURPRISE!  I think most everyone today went with a Christmas theme card, but given my summer has barely started here in Portland, Oregon, I decided to go a different way.  I coordinated this card with this one from the June release, making a birthday card and using the Dots and Stripes papers from Echo Park.  The butterflies are just stunning and don't need any coloring at all if you are not inclined.
For even more samples of these new sets, you can visit each of the GKD Design Team blogs listed below.  Make sure you leave a comment here and on each of their blogs because Gina is going to draw two randomly chosen winners from all of the blog comments, and each will get a stamp set of their choice valued at up to $24.95!  Gina will announce the winners on her blog tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!  I will leave you with a couple close up pictures.  Be sure to come back tomorrow as we finish the September Release Inspiration Hop with the 1 Free with Free set and My True Love sets!  
Card Deets:
Stamps -  Home is
Cardstock -Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock
Pattern Paper - Dutch Mustard 6x6 pad (Jillibean Soup)
Accessories - Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, blue stitched grosgrain ribbon, rhinestones, border punch, copic markers

Stamps - Celebrate the Season (GKD)
Cardstock - Pure Luxury white and chocolate brown
Pattern Paper - Dots and Stripes 6x6 pad (Echo Park)
Accessories - baker's twine, rhinestones


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stamp Simply Ribbon Inspiration winner!

Hi everyone!  I am happy to announce the winner from the Ribbon Inspiration Stamp Simply Style blog posts came from my blog.  Woohoo!  Here was the amazing blog candy!  And a big thank you to everyone who left comments and visited us.  We appreciate them very much! helped me chose commenter #37:
Sally Barker said...
I love this.
September 11, 2011 4:42 PM
Congrats Sally!  Head on to Sharon's blog to get the info on how to claim your lovely blog candy!

I also have a card to share.  This one uses the JustRite Stamp set, You Inspire Me.  Have to say, it's one of my favies.  Look at that delicate circle frame image, the scrolls are so perfect!  The pattern paper is Pink Paislee, from the older Butterfly Garden pack and the fabulous green Bloomers are from Webster's Pages.
I used some more of the Nestabling rhinestone circles from Want2Scrap.  LOVE these accents and you know they are designed to coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders and JustRite Stamps!  I'll say it again, circles are my favorite Spellbinders die template!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Most supplies can be found at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Card Deets:
Stamps - You Inspire Me (JustRite Stampers)
Paper - Ivory and black cardstock (Gina K Designs)
Accessories - Spellbinders Standard Circles Nestabilities LG and SM, Bloomers (Webster's Pages), Dotted Swiss EF, Sweet Pea Rhinestones (Kaisercraft, Stickles, 1/8" black silk ribbon, Prima Fairytale roses in Coral, Nestabling rhinestone circles in black (Want2Scrap)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gina K September Release party invitation

Hi everyone!  I am excited to invite you to the Gina K. Designs August Release Party tonight. We have a fun evening planned for you - chatting, prizes, challenges, stamp sets reveal, design team shares, and most importantly, at the end of the party you can go shopping!

If you came from Melanie's blog, you're at the right place. If not make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.

Here's a photo of one of the cards I will be sharing at the party.  I used the cutsie house and sun images from the set, Home Is, illustrated by Tami Mayberry.  I went pretty simple with this one, letting them be the stars!

Hope to see you at the party, here are all the details:

Head on over to the fabulous Sharon's blog to see what card she's sharing with you today!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Home Is (GKD)
Paper - White and Brown cardstock, Lost & Found 2 "Sunshine" 6x6 pad (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories - Spellbinders Classic and Classic Scalloped Rectangles Nestabilities, French Roast grosgrain ribbon (AMuse), clear and red rhinestones, copic markers


Monday, September 12, 2011

Sending Love

Hi everyone and happy Monday!  I have a card to share today using the brand new Ippity stamp set, All Things are Possible. Isn't this butterfly clever? I LOVE that the body is a ribbon that you can color to represent different occasions. I want to do a yellow ribbon for my Aunt for my next card.

The paper is from Pink Paislee, Butterfly Gardens (how perfect) and the gorgeous flower is Prima Trellis roses in Coral.  See the coral heart pin?  Well, it started out white and I colored it with a copic marker to match!  You can find them at Pizzaz APlenty.
 I love the butterfly wings, they are perfect for paper piecing and layering for dimension.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Before I go, here is the other Ippity set that was released this month.  It's called Gingham Christmas and is SUPER cute!!  Love the Gingham tree and retro snowflakes :-)

Card Deets:
Stamps - All Things are Possible (Ippity by Unity Stamps)
Paper - white cardstock, Butterfly Garden (Pink Paislee)
Accessories - clear rhinestones and heart pin (Pizzaz Aplenty), cream wrinkled ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), grosgrain ribbon, thin lace, leaf stick pin, Spellbinders Circles LG Nestabilities, Swiss Dots EF  


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ribbon Inspiration Stamp Simply Style -Suede

Hi everyone!  Welcome to this week's Ribbon Inspiration Stamp Simply Style. This week we are showcasing SUEDE RIBBON.  I love the look and feel of suede.  It is soft and can add such texture to your project.  It can be thicker than other kinds of ribbons, but don't let that "suede" you (LOL), it's easy to use.  So be prepared for some wonderful SUEDE inspiration today!
 My card uses the brown ruffled suede ribbon and some fabulous papers from the Prima Madeline pad.  My tag is made from a Spellbinders Labels Four die template and a  sentiment from JustRite, Family Garden.  I stamped the edges with a swirl stamp in the set in blue ink.  I dipped into my package of Prima Madeline Whisper Collection and splurged by using TWO flowers!  I should mention, I added a strip of the 1/8" velvet on top of the suede.  The 1/8" Scor-Tape is perfectly sized for this!  This card is also for this week's SCS sketch 349 challenge.  Love this sketch, perfect top showcase the ruffles!!
Each week we will have fabulous Blog Candy (pictured below) made up of the ribbons that we feature.  The winner will be drawn from comments on one of today’s participating blogs, so leaving a comment on each blog to increases your chance to win.  Only one comment per blog, please.  The winner will be selected at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday , September 13th and posted on Sharon's blog on Wednesday. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  I'll leave you with a close up picture.

Card Deets:
Stamps - Family Garden (JustRite Stampers)
Paper - brown and ivory cardstock, Madeline 6x6 pad (Prima)
Accessories - ruffled suede in brown, 1/8" velvet ribbon, pearls in Latte (Kaisercraft), Spellbinders Labels Four Nestabilities, burlap sting in natural


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Want to make if fabulous?

Hi everyone!  Welcome to a very special blog hop!  Spellbinders™ Paper Arts,  Want2Scrap™,  and JustRite® Stampers designers have teamed up to bring you an amazing four-day Blog Hop Event Sept 6th – 9th filled with fabulous designs that are sure to inspire all!!
This is my card using Spellbinders die templates, JustRite Stampers and Want2Scrap Nestabling™…
 Products used:
Spellbinders - S4-114 Standard Circles LG die #6 and S4-116 Standard Circles SM die #3 Nestabilities
JustRite Stampers - Birthday Celebrations 3 1/4" interlocking stamp set
Want2Scrap - Nestabling heart circles pink rhinestones, Say it with Baby Bling pink
Other products - My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2 "Blush" 6x6 pad; Copic markers RV10, RV34, E50 and YG63; Gina K Designs Kraft and Ivory cardstock; May Arts Ivory twill ribbon; Bow Easy

One of the things I love most about the Nestabling is that you can remove the rhinestone sheet from the package and place it over your image to see how it will fit.  Here is a pic showing what I mean.  You can see I have the image stamped and die cut out, I put the sheet over my circle and can see the second row of rhinestones are a perfect fit!
Now on to the rest of the hop details:
What would a blog hop be without prizes? Oh yes, there are prizes!
 Want2Scrap will be giving away 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates.
Spellbinders Paper Arts will be giving away 2 Die Template sets with a value of $24.99 each.
 JustRite Stampers will be giving away 2 Stamp Sets of the winner’s choice.

 How to enter:
The winners will be drawn from the blog commenter so be sure to visit them all and leave a comment one each to increase your chances of winning. The contest for the prizes will be open until midnight Saturday, September 10th.  Winners will be announced on Monday September 12th on the company blogs.
Are you new to Want2Scrap, Spellbinders Paper Arts or JustRite Stampers? Here is a little information about all three of these amazing companies. Each company offers a unique line of products that work wonderfully together to make some fabulous designs.

Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders die templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ cut and emboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on Facebook, Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog!

Want2Scrap™ manufacturers rhinestone lines including the specialty Nestabling™ line along with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders Nestabilities® die templates. Want2Scrap also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs. Follow Want2Scrap on Facebook and the Want2Scrap Blog!

JustRite Stampers entire collection of stamps are designed to be compatible with Spellbinders die templates.  JustRite Originals interlocking stamp system allows you to mix and match borders and centers to create dozens of design possibilities. Since the spring of 2008, JustRite Original stamps have been designed to coordinate with the Spellbinders Nestabilities®, Decorative Elements and Basic Shapes.  In January of 2011, JustRite began introducing Cling Stamps Sets designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels.  JustRite Cling stamps are deeply etched pre-cut red rubber mounted on Static Cling Foam made in the USA . Cling sets come on a colored 8½ x 6½” Storage Panel for easy storage in our Cling Mini Binder Box.  For thousands of ideas on projects using JustRite and Spellbinders die templates visit the JustRite Design Gallery and the JustRite Blog. You can also follow our blog by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t miss the rest of today’s inspiration:

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!  I'll leave you with a close up picture.